It is important that you ask the right questions when speaking with someone who is building your website. For some people this might be confusing, because you don’t have a website made everyday. Today we are listing some questions to ask when you are searching for the right company to make your design happen. Read below to learn some of the most important questions you can be asking.
1. How much do you charge for hosting?
Typically, you will pay a one-time price for the website and a monthly price for hosting. The hosting price can vary from a very small “hosting only” price to one that includes updates to the site. Make sure you understand EXACTLY what you will be charged every month by this web design company.
2. How much are updates once the website is launched?
Websites are not billboards. You don’t launch them and forget about them. Technically, a good website is ALWAYS under construction. Ask your web developer how much updates are. If they charge an hourly rate, ask if it is in one-hour minimums or is it broken into 15 or 30 minute increments. Ask for details.
3. Can I update the website myself?
Depending on your technical ability and desire, you may want to update parts of your site yourself. Find out exactly what parts of the site you can update and which parts must be updated by the web design company. While web design companies offer varying degrees of customer updating, there is no standard. Get specifics.
4. Will you help me get found in search engines?
Most people focus so much on the “building” of the website, they give no thought to how it will be found. Keep this in mind. The old adage, “If you build it, they will come,” is not true. Simply having a website does not guarantee visitors or customers. People must FIND you. Ask your web design company about web promotion services.
5. How long does a typical website project take?
You will get a broad range of answers on this one. Of course, the answer depends on the complexity of your project. If you only need a few pages of information published, your site can be ready in a matter of weeks. However, if you need some interactive elements (blogs, forms, shopping carts, etc), understand that the process could take longer.
Beanstalk Web Solutions can answer all of these questions and more. Give us a call today for more information.